The Inspector
Martin Overline Awarded SPAR of the Year
Congratulations to Marty Overline, Immediate Past President of PPMA and President of Aardvark Pest Management in Philadelphia for being recognized as a State Policy Affairs Representative (SPAR) of the Year! The purpose of SPAR is to maintain and strengthen a network of State Policy Affairs Representatives (SPARs) and Vice-State Policy Affairs Representatives (Vice-SPARs) in each state to monitor, communicate and assist in activities relating to legislative and regulatory initiatives that impact the structural pest management industry.

Due to Marty's work on the Philadelphia Bed Bug Law plus his involvement in the NPMA's national efforts, he was recognized and rewarded for his hard work!

From NPMA:
The SPAR serves as the official NPMA lead point of contact in their state of representation on federal, state, and local public policy issues (e.g., legislation, regulation, local/municipal pesticide issues, etc.). NPMA directly monitors and advocates on federal legislation, regulation and issues that have the potential to impact the pest management industry, including issues before Congress and federal regulatory agencies. NPMA is also HEAVILY involved in state issues that affect the pest management industry. Like federal issues, NPMA tracks bills, regulations and local issues. Unlike federal issues, NPMA defers to the affected state association to take the lead on issues in their state and determine the position best suited to serve their membership. To assist with these efforts, NPMA is able to develop strategy, host conference calls with stakeholders, launch grassroots campaigns, write legislative testimony, regulatory comments, and legislative and regulatory amendments, work to identify and form coalitions, and assist with interviewing and retaining a state lobbyist. The purpose of the SPAR is to better coordinate federal and state advocacy between NPMA and the state associations. The state SPAR is the lead point of contact with NPMA when working on issues. They are expected to play a role in public policy decision-making, should be knowledgeable of their state’s pest management policies, and represent the industry in front of lawmakers, lobbyists, and other stakeholders. Their strategic input, knowledge, and responsiveness is crucial. 

Pictured is Marty Overline at a previous PestWorld.
2020 Platinum Partners
PWIPM Kickoff Event on November 17, 2020!!
Anyone is invited to attend the First meeting of this group and discuss Leaving behind 2020 and redesigning 2021 for a better YOU!

Date: November 17th, 2020
Time: 4:00pm EST
Speaker: Janice Campbell
Topic: Psychological First Aid—Leaving behind 2020 and redesigning 2021 for a better YOU!

International Professional Women in Pest Management Leadership Forum
NPMA and Bayer, the premier sponsor of the International Professional Women in Pest Management Leadership Forums have decided to move this inaugural event to a completely virtual platform.

This two-day forum will provide a distinctive learning environment and offer interactive, industry-specific programming. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from industry experts and connect with leaders through a mixture of facilitated panels, guest speakers, open discussions, and networking. 
PestVets Looking for Interested Members!
If you are a veteran, employ a veteran, or are interested in joining the PestVets group, please let us know! Contact Bridget Cole Whitman at bcole@versantstrategies.net.

The group's purpose is to support and uplift Pennsylvania's Veterans and Pest Management Professionals. If you have a technician in your business that may be interested, please share the word!
Medical Marijuana in the Workplace Webinar
Thursday, October 22, 2020  | FREE |  11 a.m. – Noon


The 2016 legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania created an array of challenges for employers. Businesses across the Commonwealth continue to report significant confusion interpreting the Medical Marijuana Act and navigating its impact on the workplace.
 
With insight and expertise from one of Steptoe and Johnson PLLC’s top Labor and Employment Law attorneys, this FREE one-hour webinar will provide business leaders and HR professionals with clarity on the law, offer strategies for compliance, and discuss considerations if Pennsylvania legalizes recreational marijuana. 
 
The program has been approved for SHRM, HRCI, CLE and CPE credits.

Featured Speaker: Zack Bombatch
Associate, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
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Pests In the News
Meet Lucky, the dog who is our next weapon against the spotted lanternfly
Lucky the 18-month-old German shepherd loves Frisbees, swimming and dried beef liver treats.

But what most excites her is her job with the state Agriculture Department, where she’ll soon help inspectors sniff out spotted lanternfly eggs to keep the invasive insect from spreading.

Lucky is in the final stages of training with Shane Philipps, her handler and a compliance and enforcement specialist. In November, she’ll help Philipps inspect businesses, like those in the log and lumber industry, or greenhouses and nurseries that could carry lanternfly egg-covered materials out of state.

Click the button to find out more!
We want to hear from you!
Do you have any news about your business? Anything to brag about? We would love to share stories about our members. Feel free to send those to Bridget at bcole@versantstrategies.net so we can all learn more about each other!
Pest World for Kids!
Kids grade K through 8 might want to check out Pest World for Kids this summer! There are ebooks, crafts, games and more to educate and entice a young learner, especially the kids that love creepy crawlies! Check it out now!